Carrick Rovers travelled to the hills of Ballyjamesduff on Saturday afternoon for their 13th league match of the season. Carrick started the match very well and were in control all over the pitch. The first chance landing to Declan Finnegan, whose shot was well saved.
Monaghan Town 2-2 Carrick Celtics
Another local team Monaghan Town provided the opposition for Celtic this weekend and both times produced some stunning football in the late kick off. Town took the lead midway through the first half but Celtic created some good chances with Donnach Swinburne and Jack McGeown a constant threat up front. Midfield trio of James McCullins, Cian Maher and Mark Tierney battled hard throughout the match and with help from Ethan O’Gorman and Bendera tormented the Town defence.
Moanaghan Utd 4-3 Carrick Rovers
A depleted Rovers 16's side faced current Premier table-toppers Parkvilla in the last 8 of the NECSL Cup. The home side were missing a few regulars including goalkeeper Mark Kieran's. Both teams were started well with a great tussle in the middle of the field between Carrick's pairing of Patrick Larney and David Wilson and their opposite numbers.
On Sunday last, Carrick Rovers Reserves travelled to Moneymore in Drogheda to take on Dynamo Drogheda in Round 2 of the Reilly Cup. Rovers went into the game on the back of 2 impressive results in Cup competitions beating Ballyjamesduff Reserves 5-0 in the Reilly Cup and Kentstown 4-1 in the Reserve Cup. Ian Smith’s men would hope to go one better in this year’s competition having been beaten in last year’s final.
Both Carrick teams were back in action on a cold Saturday morning in Gortakeegan. After two good wins the previous week both coaches Fionn McCourt (Carrick Rovers) and Fintan Swinburne (Carrick Celtic) were eager to see their teams continue on winning ways.
This young and entertaining side welcomed Cavan Shamrocks to the convent lands on Saturday last. This being the first time this team has played here, there was no real home advantage to either side. But after twenty five minutes this is not what you would have taught. Playing the best football they have all season Rovers raced into a four goal lead with only twenty five minutes gone. They had their supporters and manager in awe. From Thomas in goals to Daniel at centre forward, they moved the ball quickly from one end of the pitch to the other using all the width of the pitch.